Welcome Sports Blog – 2020

2020 is turning out to be quite a year. This fall could be the most unique sports season in the history of our country. Many of you are not playing a sport at all. Many are playing with restrictions (masks, no fans allowed…). Regardless, we are hoping that this program will provide continuity for all athletes and coaches.

This is the first week of the Student Athlete Program. This program is designed to improve the character, sportsmanship and leadership of high school athletes.  This program should be fun and engaging. It is not supposed to be “one more thing” or “something you have to do.”  Each week we will focus on a different trait.

To teach each trait, you will receive 6 daily lessons via our online app. Each day of the week is different and the format looks like this.

  • Monday Life Lesson – Powerful pre-recorded life lessons delivered by coaches and athletes.
  • Tuesday Sports Blog – Dr. Hoedel will author a sports-based blog about current events related to character and leadership.
  • Wednesday Role Model – Students will read about a group of diversified sports-oriented role models that exemplify the traits covered in the program.
  • Thursday Dilemma – Students will respond to sports-oriented ethical dilemmas to teach decision-making skills and ethics.
  • Friday Movie Clip  –  Segments from character-based popular sports movies will be viewed and discussed.
  • Weekend Tasks – Student-athletes will complete short assignments to improve their individual and team performance.

Purpose of Blog: Every week I will sit at my computer and write about a sports-related current event about character and leadership.  In the blog, I usually provide my perspective, a video link and discussion questions. The purpose of this blog is to make a simple point – character and leadership matter today!  Some of these stories will be inspirational and some will teach tough lessons. Sometimes it will be about someone who ruined his/her life with one bad decision and sometimes it will be about a selfless act that positively changed someone’s life. The joy of writing this blog is that I never know what will transpire that will become a blog post.

My Hope #1 – Read It: Every Tuesday you will receive a notification via the app about the new blog post.  To be honest, I spend 2-5 hours every week researching and writing these blogs and I would hate it if no one ever read these posts.

My Hope #2 – Comment:  For each post, I will provide discussion questions. Respond to them and let me know what you think about the story. Be articulate. Don’t just say you disagree – say what you disagree with and back it up with a solid rationale. Keep it clean. Don’t swear or put down other students’ views.  It is a character and leadership site, so I will filter comments that are non-productive.

My Hope #3 – Be Inspired: I hope that these blogs will inspire you and that one or many of them will change the way you approach life.  I believe that students can be inspired and want to be inspired. People and stories can be the source of that inspiration.

Your Turn:

  1. Tell me what state you are from and the name of your school?
  2. How do you think improving your character and leadership will help you in athletics and in life?

Comments 26

  1. From Indiana and go to brebeuf and to improve my character in athletics and that helps me in life because it can help change the way I look at challenges

  2. Im technically from Florida but live in Indiana and attend Brebeuf. The morals that are taught in sports can go with past your career and even into the workplace.

  3. From Indiana and go to Brebeuf and improving my character will help me in athletes because it will help me be a better teammate and leader

  4. I am from Indiana and I go to Brebeuf. Improving my character and leadership will help me come together with my team in sports and it will help me in life to help others and lead them when they need guidance.

  5. My name is Maddie siegel, I am from indiana and go to brebeuf Jesuit. Improving my character and leadership will help my teammates trust me in tough/ tight matches and situations. It will also help me be a better player And person by building better relationships with my teammates, coaches and people in general.

  6. I’m Meryl. I am from Indiana and I go to Brebeuf Jesuit hs. Improving my character and leadership will help me on and off the court by making sure my teammates trust and have faith in me every game. Off the court it will show people that I am responsible and ready for any challenges that I will face.

  7. I am from Indiana and I go to Brebeuf Jesuit. I believe that improving my character and leadership will help my teammates be able to trust me better, it also will allow me to be a better leader to my teammates.

  8. My name is Caroline and I am from Indiana and attend Brebeuf Jesuit. Improving my character and leadership will help with the team chemistry on and off the court/ field. Improving it will help prepare me for life and be a leader in all that I do.

  9. My name is Greer and I’m from Indiana and I go to Brebeuf Jesuit. Improving my character and leadership skills in athletics will help me gain the confidence to survive and thrive in real life work experiences. Failure in sports prepares you for failure in life, and mental toughness in high school sports prepares you to be a stronger adult.

  10. I live in Indiana and go to Brebeuf. I think improving my character and leadership abilities will help me grow and get more out of the cross country season.

  11. I live in Indiana and go to Brebeuf. I think improving my character and leadership abilities will help me grow and get more out of my soccer season

  12. My name is Mia and I am from Indiana and go to Brebeuf Jesuit. I believe improving my character and leadership will help me in athletics and in life because it will make me became more determined in what I do and will help with the bonding of our team.

  13. I am from Indiana and I go to Brebeuf. Improving my character and leadership will help me navigate through tough times in life and athletics and will help me help others.

  14. I live in Indiana and go to Brebeuf I think this program is really cool and will help me be more empathetic towards others.

  15. My name is Mary Michael. I am from Indiana and attend Brebeuf Jesuit. Improving my leadership and character will help me in athletics by allowing me to become a better player and teammate. It will show my coaches and teammates that they can rely on me no matter the situation. By improving my leadership and character in sports now, I can take this with me into real life situations and continue to grow.

  16. I live in Indiana and attended Brebeuf. By improving my character and leadership, I will gain confidence in both an academic and athletic setting, as well as become a better teammate both on and off the field.

  17. Hi i’m lauren and i go to brebeuf jesuit!! helping my character and leadership skills as an athlete will not only help me on the field but off it as well and will be a really awesome skill to have as i continue to grow up.

  18. I live in Indiana and go to Brebeuf. The lessons that I have learned throughout my time playing sports have really impacted my ways of thinking through issues and have helped me grow in many other ways no matter what obstacles I face

  19. I live in indiana, and I go to brebeuf. Improving my sportsmanship and overall attitude, will help in the future with volleyball and school.

  20. I live in Indiana and I go to Brebeuf. Improving my leadership in sports and in life can help me think of new ways to overcome obstacles.

  21. i’m from indiana and i go to brebeuf. i think improving my character and leadership will help me in sports to become a bigger voice on my team and will help me over come challenges i might face.

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